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News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (Nov. 23, 2014)
Musicologist recognized nationally; Medical Center grant to fund training program; understanding history with software; fighting viral brain disease
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Nov. 23, 2014

News and Announcements

Musicologist Recognized with National Award

Michael Alan Anderson, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music, has, for the second time in three years, been named a winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award. The awards are presented annually by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) to authors and journalists for "outstanding print, broadcast, and new media coverage of music." Anderson was recognized for his article “The One Who Comes After Me: John the Baptist, Christian Time, and Symbolic Musical Techniques." Read more...

Medical Center Receives $2.5M for Training Program

The Medical Center has received a $2.5 million grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support a new PhD program that will train scholars in both research and population health. Read more...

The Key to the Past May Be the Latest Software

How do you bring the past to life? For historians and other scholars who analyze cultural, architectural, and physical history, the answer may be as close as the latest software update. Faculty at Rochester are turning to increasingly available imaging, 3-D visualization, and world technology to imagine virtual spaces—projects designed to use the facts and details of history to inform new ways of understanding and analyzing the past. Read more...

Researchers Using New Tools to Fight Brain Infection

Medical Center researchers have helped develop new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. The disease—which is caused by a virus—is most frequently found in people with suppressed immune systems and until now, scientists have had no effective way to study it or test new treatments. Read more...

Faculty Members Remembered

Esther Conwell, research professor of chemistry, died in a motor vehicle accident Sunday, Nov. 16, at the age of 92. A pioneer in the field of semiconductor research that ultimately revolutionized modern computers, Conwell was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2010. Her expertise earned her the rare honor of memberships in both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
The University is also remembering Derrick Smith, whose career included opera roles such as Porgy, Crown, and Jake in Porgy and Bess as well as acclaimed solo performances. Smith died Tuesday, Nov. 18, following a heart attack. He was 56. Smith received his master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in 1988 and had been on the faculty of its Eastman Community Music School since 1999.

PhD Students to Present Theses

The following public theses defenses are scheduled for the upcoming weeks:
• Henry Hung Li Chung, biomedical engineering, "Engineered Microevenironment for Quantitative Studies of Neutrophil Migration," 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Goergen Hall 101. Advisor: Richard Waugh.
• Steven Jacob, chemistry, "1,6 Conjugate Addition Initiated Cyclization Reactions of Dienyl Diketones" and "Development of a Scalable, Divergent Synthetic Route to (-)-Rocaglamide,"
11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Hutchison Hall 473. Advisor: Alison Frontier.
• Yossof Exhaq, physics and astronomy, "Search for New Physics in All-hadronic Events with AlphaT in 8 TeV Data with CMS," 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, Bausch and Lomb 480. Advisor: Aran Garcia-Bellido.
• Sarilyn Rose Ivancic, mechanical engineering, "Numerical Evaluation of the Dynamic Response of Masonry Heritage Stuctures," 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, Hopeman Conference Room 224. Advisor: Renato Perucchio.
• Karla Mercado, biomedical engineering, "Developing High-Frequency Quantitative Ultrasound Techniques to Characterize Three-Dimensional Engineered Tissues," 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, Goergen 101. Advisor: Diane Dalecki.

Venus Brings 19th-Century Story to the Stage

The University's International Theatre Program continues its 25th season on Thursday, Dec. 4, with a production of Suzan-Lori Parks’s critically acclaimed drama, Venus. The play is based on the true story of Saartijie Baartman, a South African woman taken from her home in 1810 and brought to London where she becomes an overnight sensation on the freak-show circuit. Read more...

E-Cycle Day 2014: More Than 7 Tons of Results

Items dropped off Monday, Oct. 24, for the yearly mass recycling of unwanted electronics mostly included keyboards, computer monitors, out-of-date TVs, microwaves, and laptops. The items added up to divert about 15,000 pounds of electronic waste from the landfill. Read more...

Office of Global Engagement Unveils New Website

The Office of Global Engagement, a hub for the University’s international initiatives and activities, has revamped its website,, to feature news, resources, facts, and staff contact information. The staff will continue to update the website over the next year and welcomes feedback and suggestions at or @UofRGlobal on Twitter.

Security Tip of the Week: How to Keep Safe from Hackers

Download and post University's IT's Thanksgiving security poster for quick reminders on how to stay protected this holiday season from hackers and scammers.

Tech Store Offering Holiday Gift Guide, Discounts

The UR Tech Store has created a holiday gift guide to help you findpresents for the "techies" on your list. Holiday financing options are available exclusively for the University community. Staff at the store’s locations in Rush Rhees Library or Medical Center Room G-7220B can help you with questions or special orders.

'Paws' for a Little Stress Relief

From 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, you can visit therapy dogs at "Paws for Stress Relief." The dogs will be in the lobby of the Goergen Athletic Center.

Autumn Is Ending, but Chance of Fall Lingers

University Facilities and Services encourages members of the University community to "walk like a penguin"—in other words, to practice good balance in slick conditions to avoid slipping and falling. And now that the snow is flying, the office is offering a list of additional tips for remaining upright in the ice and slush.

Rochester in the News

Science Offers New View of Human-Survival Hopes

Climate News Network (Nov. 15)
"How long can a species last once it has begun to exploit fossil fuels—and change the conditions under which it first evolved? It has been impossible to arrive at a general answer to that question since there is only one so-far identified instance of life in the universe. But Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, along with a University of Washington colleague, may have found a way."

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